Thursday, June 12, 2008

It's A Unicorn!

Alright not really... a deer with a single horn in the middle of its head has found fame as the "Unicorn of Tuscany" and was born in captivity at the Centre of Natural Sciences, a nature reserve near Prato.

While single-horned deers have been spotted before, this particular buck has a uniquely central horn, thought to be the result of a genetic flaw."This is a demonstration that the fabled unicorn, which we all know from icons and legends, probably was not just a fantasy." It was probably an animal like this one, with a natural anomaly," said Gilberto Tozzi, the director of the centre. Mr Tozzi added that the twin of the buck has two horns.The mother of the two deer was brought to the park several years ago after being hit by a car in the Apennine mountains.

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